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street luge

noun, Sports.
1.
the sport of racing down a paved incline on a wheeled sled, in a supine position.
2.
the sled itself.
Also, streetluge.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; street + luge
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British Dictionary definitions for street luge

street luge

noun
1.
the sport of descending a steep road or track on a large type of skateboard on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first
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Contemporary definitions for street luge
noun

the recreation of sledding on an inclined dry surface in a specially made toboggan; also called land luge , luge road racing

Examples

Street luges have been clocked moving faster than 80 mph, with the rider lying mere inches from the pavement.

Word Origin

1950-2000

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Encyclopedia Article for street luge

In the 1990s so-called alternative sports made inroads into the imagination and recreation time of people around the world--but especially in the United States. Figures from the National Sporting Goods Association showed a decline in participation by Americans in traditional sports, including football and baseball, in favour of such new sports as in-line skating and snowboarding. Even "extreme" sports, the playground of adrenaline junkies, high-speed addicts, and alterna-athletes, were becoming more mainstream in 1997 than ever before

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